Ways You Can Help
Pets and Wildlife





"The value of a society is based upon
its kindness to animals."
- Albert Schweitzer

"The greatness of a nation and
its moral progress can be judged
by the way its animals are treated."
- Gandhi


We cannot call ourselves civilized if we turn our backs on the creatures of this world that are in such dire need of our help. We cannot call ourselves humane if we allow the inhumane treatment of animals to continue. Animals, both pets and wildlife, are suffering today - this very moment - because of the irresponsibility of those who are responsible for them. Animals, both pets and wildlife, are suffering today - this very moment - because of the cruelty inflicted by those who have no respect for any of the living creatures of this world.
One person can make a difference - history has proven that.
Today - this very moment - that one person is YOU!
Please help. If you can help even just one animal,
YOU WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
- The Gable


ADOPT A PET!
Your local pound/animal shelter is filled with wonderful animals desperately needing homes. Mixed breeds make wonderful pets but even purebreeds are available.
If you have the resources and the commitment that is required to have a pet, please consider adopting an animal from the pound or shelter.
SAVE A LIFE - GET A LOT OF LOVE IN RETURN!
SPAY/NEUTER YOUR PET!
There are too many unwanted animals and not enough shelters for them. If you can't afford it, there are organizations that will help cover the cost of spaying or neutering your pet. Call 1-800-321-PETS for info on low cost spay/neuter certificates.
DON'T LET YOUR PET ROAM FREE!
How would you feel if you hit a dog or cat while driving? How would you feel if that dog or cat was YOUR pet?! How would you feel if a young family was in a fatal crash because the driver swerved to miss hitting your pet?
DON'T SPEED! BRAKE, DON'T SWERVE!
Speeding is dangerous to pets, wildlife and YOU! Be particularly careful at night and early morning and when driving through wooded areas. Brake if you safely can but never swerve for an animal. If you do hit an animal, stop and get it help if at all possible. Be extremely careful with injured wildlife (read my Emergency Help tips).
TRAIN AND CONTROL YOUR PET!
If your pet bites someone, you may have to pay fines, medical bills and even a court judgment.
Your pet may have to pay with his life.
VACCINATE AND I.D. YOUR PET!
Make sure your pet's shots are up to date and that it has a collar with tags and I.D. in case you ever get separated.
SPAY/NEUTER YOUR PUREBRED PET!
With the possible exception of responsible breeders of champion stock, there is no reason NOT to spay/neuter. Unwanted litters will be prevented. Your animals will be healthier and happier. So will you. Call your local pound. Ask them how many unwanted purebreds they had to put down last year. My last dog, Duke, was a purebred golden retriever that someone DUMPED!
REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE!
That "sicko" who beats the dog today might beat the kid tomorrow. No living thing should have to suffer abuse.
WILDLIFE AS PETS - NOT!
Wildlife is just that - wild. You can never predict their behavior. That adorable little baby raccoon will grow into a razor-toothed, sharp-clawed predator that can tear your house, and YOU, apart! If not spayed or neutered, there is no telling how vicious any kind of wildlife can become during mating season!
TOUCHING/TAMING WILDLIFE - DON'T!
If you tame wildlife, you lessen its chances for survival.
It loses fear of the most dangerous predator it has - HUMANS! If you touch wildlife, you endanger both yourself and the animal. Many animals are carriers of rabies and dangerous parasites trasmittable to humans. Just your possible exposure to rabies can result in a completely healthly animal being killed for testing.
See my Rabies Info page to learn more.
FEEDING WILDLIFE - Yes or No?
First, know the law. There are places where it is illegal to feed wildlife. If feeding is allowed, it should only be done occasionally (so the animal doesn't become dependent on that food source) and from a distance (so the animal doesn't lose its fear of humans).
REPORT WILDLIFE ABUSE!
I don't mean legal licensed hunters (regardless of how you may feel about them) but the "sickos" who illegally trap, maim or kill animals for "fun" or because the animal was getting into their garbage, attic, or whatever. They don't even care if the animal is a nursing female or a baby or even a protected species. In Florida, you can call the Game & Freshwater Fish Commission at 1-800-342-1676 to report wildlife violators.
GET HELP FOR WILDLIFE!
If you come across injured or orphaned wildlife, or have wildlife that are making pests of themselves, call a licensed wildlife rehabber in your area. While some Animal Control Officers work with local rehabbers and may even pick up and transport the animal to the rehabber, others may have no resources but to euthanize the animal. Check first.
The rehabber will know what to do!
BECOME A LICENSED WILDLIFE REHABBER!
Volunteers are always needed. Find a rescue/rehab/release group in your area. They will welcome whatever time you can donate. If you're a softie like me, you can spend a great deal of time, money and love on a handful of furballs with the reward of one day watching them as they leave you and return to the wild.
DON'T DUMP ANIMALS!
Unwanted pets or wildlife that you kept as pets should NEVER be dumped. Without proper preparation for return to the wild, the wildlife won't survive and will suffer greatly. Cats that survive may become feral and increase an already overburdened population suffering disease and starvation, and worse. Some dogs might take to packs and the problems associated with them, including attacks. Most become traffic fatalities as they search out humans. Call your local humane society for domestic pets and a rehabber for your wildlife pets.
SPAY/NEUTER YOUR PET!
Yes, I've said this already but it is a message that must get through. What you choose to do about it today will have far reaching consequences into all of the tomorrows to come. SPAY/NEUTER YOUR PET!
SAVE THE PLANET!
Help make the world a little greener, a little cleaner. Protect and support nature, conservation and the environment - not just for our four-legged friends,
but for the generations that will follow us.
SUPPORT THESE ANIMAL AND WILDLIFE CAUSES!
Below are links to some very worthwhile organizations and sites devoted to helping animals and wildlife. Visit them. Help them if you can.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY
- THIS VERY MOMENT!
Please.





Sign petition to stop the use of inhumane traps!
Stop the danger and the cruelty of inhumane traps!


JOIN and link to the Offline Petition & Poster Project!
Join the Off-line Petition/Poster Project
Help spread the word to people not online.


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NWF
National Wildlife Federation
IWC
International Wildlife Coalition
WWF
World Wildlife Fund
Envirolink
The Nature Conservatory
Sierra Club


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
UK Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
Yahoo's List of Humane and Rescue Societies

Weekly radio shows like Wildlife and Your Pets,
Pets and Plants, Dogs/Cats for Dummies
Pet Radio Network
Listings and some very helpful tips at their website


A special Stop Abuse page from Susie of Pawprints and Purrs:
Pawprints and Paws animal help


A special Help Needed page from MemphisJan of Paws R Us:
Paws R Us animal help


A special Spay/Neuter page from Jeri of Safe Haven for Cats:
Safe Haven for Cats



A special Shelters page from Elisa of Friends of Animals:
Friends of Animals animal help


A special Campaign and Causes page from Acinny and the Furkids
Acinny and the Furkids animal help


Read about the Miracle of Life at Skeeter's Scratching Post:
Skeeter's animal help


A special awareness page from Ben of Pet Lovers Connection
Power of Love


If you have a heart, be prepared for it to break at Debbie's special page...
Debbie's animal prayer


Visit Sue Matschca's moving Pet Rescue site
Matschca's animal help


At Stephie's site, experience the peace and beauty of this world
...and active ways to help preserve it
Gaiea


Visit 14 year old Emily's site
...a powerful voice against animal cruelty
Emily Cat


Lorraine Walks Softly shares her love of nature together with her
extensive info on conservation, organic gardening, recycling, energy
Circle of Life

From your kitchen to the world, 100 Ways to Protect Wildlife


Great resources at this cat/dog rescue sites:
Pet Action League


Check out ALL the pages at this moving site
A Little Tabby



Why we shouldn't tolerate animal cruelty



Luvcatz...a voice for animals



Animal Abuse is a Warning Sign!





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